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  • Writer's pictureSarah Nantel


This year, more than any in recent history, has required that our home be a safe haven from the outside world. Now, if only I could get this haven to clean itself… but I digress.

Because of these circumstances though, it has allowed us to look at our homes differently, use spaces in new ways and day-dream about the changes we would love to incorporate into all the little nooks and crannies you never really had the time to see before. In these next series of blog posts, the hope is that some (or all?) of these ideas will inspire you to see the unending possibilities we have available to us, which can help us to transform our spaces; even if it is just one throw pillow or painted wall at a time!

HOW TO USE THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR - Ultimate Gray (17-5104) & Illuminating (13-0647)

FHI color guide pantone 2021 color of the year paint swatch

Personally, yellow used to scare me. Is it too “lemony” or is there just too much “mustard” but when you look closer, there are some amazing ways to add this super cheerful color into your space. Start small or dive right into some of the bolder choices shown below. We can always use a little more "happy" in our lives!


Accent Pillows & Throws

woven grey and yellow throw blanket

scalloped yellow throw cushion on bed with coffee and magazine

boho style grey and yellow blanket with white accents and tassles

Home Décor Items

Collection of yellow rustic pottery vases with green plant on blue background

Yellow macramé wall hanging on driftwood with starburst clock vase woven rattan basket geode on dark wood shelf


Yellow Fiat parked against a wall on the streets of Positano Italy
Tryptic collection of grey framed yellow abstract art with grey couch black and white throw pillows and blaket with area rug coffee cup vase with baby's breath and wooden plank floors


Kitchen/Living Room

Half yellow wall in kitchen with black and gold pendant lights over wooden table white plastic chairs white high chair wooden floating shelves black floor vases with flowers cactus and single white candle holder
Yellow painted wall with two framed prints sconce grey couch with throw pillows shag white and grey area rug dark grey floor pot with fiddle leaf plant on white wash floors


modern bathroom with yellow horizontal tile on border with large white subway wooden bench black floor square tiles floating sink black hardware toilet white towels soap on white tray

3. Just Go Big

New Furniture Pieces

Tulip backed yellow velvet chair with gold legs
Yellow floor lamp yellow accent chair mid century sideboard typewriter gallery wall globe home sweet home sign with vases and plants blue background wall
Yellow wooden chair whitewash dining room table white wooden chair vase with plan single candle holder with yellow candle white and yellow tagine on table herringbone flooring

Area Rugs

yellow and pink area rug under brown leather sofa with mid century arm chair coffee table book open checkered throw blanket palm leaf floor plant wooden bookcase with clay pots stack of books and two plants


Yellow desk and yellow plastic chair built in daybed with kids books and dolls white walls floor circle porthole window rocking chair
Yellow vanity single sink with black wall sconces stainless steel hardware stand up shower with class enclosure white tile with black hexagon accents
Yellow kitchen cabinets no upper cabinets exposed brick wall two hanging plants under counter stove single sink orange le cruset pot spice pots kids step stool

“The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that give us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.” – Leatrice Eiseman, ED of The Pantone Color Institute

Pantone color(s) of the year 2021 has been revealed: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

Pantone color(s) of the year 2021 has been revealed: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

Pantone color(s) of the year 2021 has been revealed: PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

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